Ten reasons not to bet the farm on fracking

Bob Landell

We’re told that LNG is needed to keep growth and progress alive. The planned development of LNG would lock BC into fifty more years of increased fossil fuel production. Although the LNG story is attracting votes from believers, some see this as the future of fracking:

First Nations: June’s Supreme Court ruling giving Aboriginals more control over pipeline and resource developments may add another layer of complexity to the proposed LNG pipelines and is likely to delay or kill projects - particularly as the projected impact of the industry becomes clearer.

Flawed Policies: our current BC government has added a loophole to the package of science-based climate policies adopted by the previous Liberal government. To benefit LNG proponents, they have exempted LNG plants from the Clean Energy Act - the plants are now free to burn huge volumes of fracked gas to power their refrigeration plants.  BC Hydro is still largely subject to the Clean Energy Act, and cannot burn much gas to power BC’s homes and businesses.  Nor can BC Hydro develop geothermal or other renewable power options reserved for independent power producers.  All of this increases the focus on the Site C dam, which would come online in one fell swoop (creating an uneconomic surplus for a few years), yet only provides the equivalent of one LNG plant’s power requirement.